Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Your hormones play an integral role in your total wellness and overall health. A broad range of signs and symptoms could signal a hormonal imbalance depending on the hormones or glands that are not working correctly.

Several signs, such as weight gain, fatigue, and anxiety, can signal a hormonal imbalance. Many conditions that cause hormonal imbalance need addressing and support. Your hormones assist in controlling many of your body’s major processes, such as metabolism and reproduction. When you have a hormonal imbalance, you have either too much or too little of a particular hormone, causing the imbalance. Even small changes can have serious adverse effects throughout your whole body.

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers and are produced by glands in the endocrine system. These messengers tell your cells, organs, and tissues what to do. Hormones help regulate many vital functions in the body:

  • mood
  • body temperature
  • metabolism
  • heart rate
  • sleep
  • reproductive cycles
  • growth
  • stress

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances

Bloating, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, and fluctuations in body temperature are some of the many symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women. Hormone imbalances can also cause delayed or skipped periods. These imbalances can impact personal comfort, focus, health, work performance, and relationships with loved ones. Hormonal imbalance symptoms in females include:

  • Night sweats
  • Reduced interest in sexual activity
  • Infertility
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Depression
  • Changes in appetite
  • Deepened voice
  • Altered heart rate 
  • Soreness in breasts
  • Swollen face
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Bloating (body)
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • More or less frequent urination or bowel movements
  • Dry skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Bulge in the neck
  • Weak bones
  • Thin hair
  • Hair loss
  • Sweating
  • Changes in blood sugar
  • Changes in sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Thirst
  • Vision problems
  • Enlarged clitoris
  • Infertility
  • Long-lasting fatigue

Some of these symptoms mentioned above may also reflect other chronic conditions. If you are dealing with any changes in your body or energy levels, it is an excellent idea to test your hormones with a salivary test; make sure the test checks your cortisol levels four times throughout the day.

A hormonal imbalance has many possible causes, and each can differ depending on which hormones are imbalanced.

Here are some common causes of hormonal imbalances:

  • cancer treatments
  • eating disorders
  • hormone therapy
  • medications
  • tumors, cancerous or benign
  • pituitary tumors
  • stress
  • injury 
  • trauma

Further complicating the matter, if you have the following conditions, it can exacerbate hormonal imbalances:

  • diabetes
  • Addison’s disease
  • Cushing syndrome, or high levels of cortisol
  • hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid
  • hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid
  • thyroiditis
  • thyroid nodules
  • hypogonadism

Hormones are responsible for many of your body’s major processes. When hormones become unbalanced, the symptoms vary greatly, and conventional doctors may miss your hormonal imbalance.

Remember that hormonal imbalance can cause a variety of complications, so it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Testing with a reliable, functional medicine lab is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment plans.

Click here to order your salivary hormone test, which includes a 40-minute consultation to review your results and treatment options.

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